I know how tough it can be to apply makeup to your dry skin it really its’nt a simple task! And once you think youve mastered your foundation routine and have a smooth application going, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror on the way out and realize that’s not the case. You’re already late for something at this point and we all know that starting your full-face routine all over again is not an option! The dreaded nose peeling, foundation flaking, concealer cracking — it’s all preventable. For those extra special moments when your dry skin refuses to behave, here’s how to ensure an all-day, flake-free complexion.

The Magic lies in the Prep Work

Begin your routine by using a creamy exfoliating cleanser with gentle beads to sweep away any dead cells sitting on the skin’s surface.

2. Use a fast-absorbing moisturizer, so that the product can quickly work its way into your skin, delivering immediate relief and hydration. 

3. An essential step in prepping your skin for a flawless makeup application is primer. The creamy texture will keep skin moisturized and act as a “blur,” smoothing out pores and any imperfections.


I absolutely love using my ‘Porefessional’ by Benefit Cosmetics. A small amount is sufficient to cover many areas on the face. The product blends well with various skin tones, as well as other make up. And I found that one tube would usually last me several months if a tiny amount is used with each application. However the only down side to it is that its a little over priced and retails at around $31+ however you can find mini version at Ulta and Sephore for as low as $10. 

The RIGHT Formula

Dry skin is practically begging for nourishment (with flakes acting as tears!), which is why liquid or light and creamy textured makeup is the only way to go. Anything heavy or cakey will almost instantly cause irritation and botch your beautiful makeup job.

I would opt for a more lightweight foundation like the Nars weightless foundation. it would be best to use a synthetic foundation brush since it’s gentle enough to keep your skin from flaking. Then, use a damp Beauty Blender to press makeup into your skin for a  more natural, dewy look. The same goes for blush! Use a creamy compact or liquid stain instead of powder for added hydration that won’t crack.

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This is the foundation I reach for everyday without even thinking twice. It stays on all day, it has no SPF so during the day I can just add my own sunscreen. It’s the perfect shade and does not oxidize on my skin! Best way to apply this is with a damp beauty blender and my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

Dry Skin DON’TS

1. Do not use your fingers to apply makeup, as they’ll absorb the much-needed moisture in your skin.

2. Stay away from powders, unless you must use a little around your T-zone. Go for oil-blotting sheets instead like NYX Blotting Paper.

3. Skip the waterproof formulas as they suck out skin’s moisture, which will lead to flaking.

What are some of your makeup application tips for dry skin? Share in the comments below! 



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